Axle Contemporary Presents: Artist Talk with Piers Watson

Saturday, December 2 // CCA Tank Garage // 1-2pm // Free

Axle Contemporary will bring the mobile exhibition The Luted Crucible: an Exhibition of Small Bronzes to the CCA campus on Saturday, December 2nd and will host an art talk with Piers Watson. Watson will speak on the process and history of traditional bronze casting from India and Africa in the Tank Garage. 

Axle Contemporary is an art gallery on wheels, housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum stepvan. They exhibit installation art, performance, works on paper, including photography, drawing, and painting, and occasionally sculpture. Their mobility allows them to visit both typical art venues and unusual ones, such as schools, empty lots, restaurants, grocery stores,and city streets. The 6' x 10' exhibition space features high wood ceilings, exposed beams, track lighting and a magnetically based system for displaying unframed works on paper. Axle Contemporary was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, as a collaborative work of art, and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution. It has since grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space, and also includes book publishing, and alternative methods of creation and dissemination of contemporary arts in the public sphere.

About The Luted Crucible

This semester, students at the New Mexico School for the Arts have been learning a pre-industrial bronze casting process from visiting artist Piers Watson, and working with artist Brian Fleetwood on 3-d printing technology to be used for bronze casting. Axle Contemporary is pleased to exhibit the small bronze sculptures that have resulted from this work together. In addition, they will exhibit several small works using this same technique by other local artists.

The Luted Crucible bronze casting process has been used for centuries in India. Originally from Santa Fe, Piers Watson made several trips to the rural community of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India, where he apprenticed with local bronze casters to learn this direct wood-fired casting technique. Since that time, he has been traveling in Europe and the U.S. teaching it to other artists, and expanding his bronze casting research into West Africa. The term “luted crucible” refers to the connecting or “luting” of two elements (in this case, the mould that contains the wax or 3-d printed object to be cast and the crucible that contains the copper and tin)